Apply for a PhD studentship for your doctoral study funded by the
Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
Philosophy at Essex offers a unique environment for PhD study. Our research
was ranked ninth in the UK in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014, making us a leading centre
for continental philosophy.
We are internationally recognised for our expertise in critical theory,
phenomenology, medical humanities and
classical German philosophy.
As a philosophy doctoral student at Essex, you will be part of a active research community in which graduate
students and academic staff work together in a friendly, creative and intellectually challenging environment.
We run an onoing programme of seminars and
graduate events throughout the year, as well as regular
minicourses, conferences and symposia.
A variety of scholarships and funding for postgraduate study are available.
We offer a range of routes to our PhD in philosophy:
PhD Philosophy (full-time)
The minimum duration for our full-time PhD Philosophy
is three years and assessment is on the basis of a thesis (80,000 words maximum).
We normally require a good BA honours and a Masters degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline.
You need to demonstrate a capacity to conduct independent research and are required to submit a detailed research proposal.
You attend regular supervisory board meetings throughout your doctoral study where the progress of your work is assessed.
Integrated PhD Philosophy (full-time)
Our Integrated PhD Philosophy is a
four-year doctoral programme that provides a rigorous training in philosophy. Your first year consists of an
MA Philosophy combining taught
modules with writing an MA dissertation, which prepares you for researching and writing a doctoral thesis over your next three years.
Part-time PhD study
Our PhD Philosophy and
Integrated PhD Philosophy can be taken part-time over a six-year and eight-year period respectively.
A research degree in philosophy allows you to conduct original research on a subject of your choice. We accept
PhD students in all areas in which our academic staff are researching.
Our supervision areas include:
- Frankfurt School and critical theory
- Classical German philosophy
- Philosophy and psychoanalysis
- Philosophy and psychiatry
- Philosophy and religion
- Contemporary French philosophy
- Philosophy and human rights
- Philosophical aesthetics, philosophy of art and literature
- Ethics, including applied ethics
- Philosophy and public policy
- Social and political philosophy
- Ancient philosophy
Current PhD theses
Our list of current PhD theses shows the wide range of research being carried out at Essex.
Other research degrees
- MPhil Philosophy full-time (two years)
- MA Philosophy by dissertation full-time (one year)*
- MA Philosophy by dissertation part-time (two years)*
Our MA Philosophy by dissertation and MPhil Philosophy are assessed on the basis of a thesis
(30,000 words maximum for the MA, 50,000 words maximum for the MPhil). Their minimum duration is
usually one or two years respectively. We normally require a good BA in philosophy (or in a joint
honours degree including philosophy). You must demonstrate your capacity to conduct independent
research and submit a detailed research proposal. Both our MA Philosophy and MPhil Philosophy
can be taken part-time over a two year and four year period respectively.
*Admission to our MA by dissertation is normally restricted to candidates whose circumstances
make the taught MA unsuitable, and whose background is sufficient to indicate an ability to undertake
a first research-only degree.
AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership
The University of Essex is a member of CHASE: Consortium for the Humanities and the
Arts South-East England, which has over 375 fully-funded PhD studentships to award
over the next five years funded by the Arts and Humanities Council (AHRC) and the seven CHASE
partner institutions. Applicants for doctoral study in philosophy at Essex can apply to CHASE
for AHRC studentships through our department and we will work closely with you on your
Professional teaching experience
We employ many of our research students as
Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA).
These paid positions are valuable opportunities for professional development and give you
experience of teaching and marking essays at undergraduate level, a significant advantage
when it comes to applying for academic positions.
Professional skills development
Our University’s Proficio scheme helps to
develop your skills and knowledge and to increase your employability potential for
careers in academia and industry by providing funding for specialist training
across a range of areas, including researching and managing your PhD,
presenting your work and getting published.
Many of our former doctoral students
succeed in gaining employment in academic positions around the world after completing
their PhD at Essex.
Every year we invite distinguished philosophers from around the world to give minicourses to our students at Essex.
Book a place at a postgraduate event to find out about studying at a top 20 UK research university. Staff will be
available to answer your questions and you can speak to students about life at Essex.
Our academic staff
Our academic staff are internationally recognised for their expertise across a wide range of philosophical areas.
Proficio is our innovative doctoral training scheme. Our University gives you funding to spend on
a variety of courses, from research skills to personal development and career management.